Legal Issues in Textual Scholarship: symposium

27 Oct 2023 - 00:00

The European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) is organising the online symposium Legal Issues in Textual Scholarship (27 October 2023, via Zoom) to reflect on the legal restrictions that affect textual scholarship in the analogue and digital paradigms. For more information on the symposium, including short introductions for all speakers and abstracts for their talks, please visit the event’s webpage:

This event is free, but registration is required to obtain access to the Zoom link. Please register before 22 October.


(All times CET)

10:00-10:20 | Opening Remarks

10:20-12:00 | Panel I

Chair: Elli Bleeker

10:20 |  Dirk Van Hulle (University of Oxford): From the Golden Age of the Literary Manuscript to the Ice Age of Copyright 

11:00 |  Paweł Kamocki (CLARIN ERIC): The Times and How They Are a-Changin’. Textual Scholarship and Copyright Law Today and in the AI-Generated Future

12:00-13:30 | Lunch Break

13:30-15:30 | Panel II

Chair: Hande Özkayagan Prändl (University of Vienna)

13:30 |  Elsa Pereira (University of Lisbon): Authors’ Heirs Obstructing Textual Scholarship in Portugal

14:00 |  Maia Ninidze (Ivane Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University): Digitisation of the Archives Belonging to the Heirs of the Classic Georgian Authors

14:30 |  Veijo Pulkkinen (University of Helsinki): A Double-Edged Sword: Digital Forensics and Research Permissions in the Study of Born-Digital Manuscripts

15:00 |  Wout Dillen (University of Borås): As Open as Possible, as Closed as Necessary. Navigating Legal Issues in a Course on Digitising (and Publishing) Cultural Heritage Materials

15:30-15:45 | Coffee Break

15:45-17:30 | Panel III

Chair: Wout Dillen (University of Borås)

15:45 | Wim Van Mierlo (Loughborough University): William Wordsworth, the Death of the Author, and the 1842 English Copyright Act

16:30 | Fatiha Idmhand (University of Poitiers / ITEM – CNRS/ENS): Manuscripts of Contemporary Authors and Copyright: Exploring the Possibilities?

17:30 | Closing Remarks